IRL: Tomas Enge medical update 2005-07-17

Tomas Enge Feeling Better After Nashville Crash INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Panther Racing driver Tomas Enge returned to Indianapolis Saturday night after a crash in the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Enge suffered injuries to his...

Tomas Enge Feeling Better After Nashville Crash

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Panther Racing driver Tomas Enge returned to Indianapolis Saturday night after a crash in the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Enge suffered injuries to his T-12 and L-1 vertebra after a suspension failure caused his RockStar Energy Drink Chevrolet to spin into the Turn One wall early in the race. Tomas was running 8th after starting 11th in the 200-lap event.

"The beginning of the race went very well, I gained a few positions and ran with the lead group without taking any big risks," Enge said. "My RockStar Chevy was much better in the race than it was in the practices. The car suddenly snapped away on Lap 28 and I was just a passenger. It was a rear suspension failure, but we have not found which exact part of the rear suspension collapsed yet."

Following the accident, Enge was evaluated in the infield medical center and then transported by ambulance to University Medical Center, located in nearby Lebanon, Tenn., for further examination.

"The impact was really heavy and I immediately felt some pain," Tomas explained. "The examination fortunately showed no fractures but there are some swellings. I have some pain but it is much better than the broken ribs (suffered in Japan earlier this season). I will undergo further checks at the beginning of the week and we will see when I can return to my RockStar Chevy. If it was my decision I would go back to racing now, because we were very quick in the last races and we are hungry for success."

Enge's season has been highlighted by a 7th-place finish at Richmond International Raceway, a 11th-place result at Kansas Speedway, and also by a front-row qualification effort at Texas Motor Speedway. He will be re-evaluated early next week to determine the extent of the injuries and his status for upcoming races.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Enge
Teams Panther Racing